Gov. Scott responds to crticism over investment in energy company

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Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2014 9:04 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Environmentalists are targeting Gov. Rick Scott for his investment in a French energy company that is involved in oil drilling near the Everglades.

Scott invested his millions in a blind trust three years ago. Scott's campaign spokesman said the investment was not made by Scott but by an external brokerage that manages the governor's portfolio.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://tinyurl.com/qf8z636 ) reports that in 2011, the original blind trust showed a $135,000 investment in Schlumberger Ltd., the world's largest oil services company. The blind trust prevents the public from knowing whether Scott still has a share in the company.

Scott and his Cabinet oversee the Department of Environmental Protection, which regulates oil drilling in Florida and potentially businesses like Schlumberger.

Scott issued a statement Sunday saying that the state has strict rules that protect the environment.

Scott said: "All oil and gas companies - regardless of who they are - must operate within the law and abide by Florida's environmental regulations."

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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